Fort Mason’s century old Festival Pavilion was the perfect setting for Engadget’s inaugural Expand show in San Francisco last weekend.
The old building with its steel bones showed off 21st century drones, electric cars, and the latest in electronic gadgets that literally made participants say ”Wow!” out loud.
Some of the products are already on the market, while plenty of entrepreneurs wandered the show floor making new contacts and getting advice about crowd sourcing.
San Mateo Preps
Sebastapol’s Make: quarterly magazine for techies was represented. Make: is a perfect fit for attendees, offering tips and profiles to help and inspire entrepreneurs.
Marketing Coordinator Meg Mason was quick to tell attendees about Maker Faire, planned for May 18 and 19 at the San Mateo Event Center, “Last year we had 650 booths, and an attendance of 110,000.” Mason handed out coupons good for $10 off an adult day pass for the event. Here’s how to get the discount—purchase a ticket online and enter the code EXPAND. The deadline to get the discount is 4/15/2013.
Engadget is an online magazine focused on happenings in the world of technology, gadgets and consumer electronics. Engadget Expand featured speakers, cool tech stuff and a competition, Insert Coin, for $20,000 in startup funds for new ideas.
Several companies displaying their products were focused on reducing energy consumption—Nest of Palo Alto, and Insert Coin challengers Radiator Labs and Observos.
Another amazing product was Ziphius, an aquatic drone controlled by smartphone or tablet. Ziphius’ inventors came all the way from Portugal to show their product. Other long-distance commuters included Scubo 3D from Spain and an entry from Manitoba.
ZSpace of Sunnyvale bowled-over attendees with its revolutionary 3-D product that allows you to pick-up and manipulate objects, via a stylus, on a computer screen. Whether a patient’s own heart, a product design, a mutated gene or architectural plans, the uses for this product are astounding. To make it even cooler, it has a “camera” that you can fly through the objects, seeing them from the inside.
Editor’s Note: Engadget and Patch are both owned by AOL.
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